City Info Weekly

Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk – November 25th
Start your family tradition off with the Comcast Turkey Trot! One lap (3.5 miles) around Lake Sacajawea. Prizes for best costumes and more. Race starts at Hemlock Plaza, 8:30 a.m. $10 if you register now and $15 day of race. Ages 8 and under are free with paid adult registration. 
 
Transit Center will be closed for Veterans Day
RiverCities Transit Center will be closed on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021.  Buses will run reduced service (Saturday schedule) Service begins at 8 a.m. and no routes 30, 44, 45B or 46.
 
Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Meeting 
Next meeting will be hybrid, in person and via zoom.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
 
Links to agendas and Zoom can be found the Friday before the meeting www.rctransit.org under Cowlitz Transit Authority Board Meeting.
 
Beech Street from 14th Ave. to California Way open to traffic
Beech Street from 14th Avenue to California Way is open to vehicle traffic on Thursday, October 28, 2021. It is a complete street with two travel lanes, one middle lane, bike lanes, and sidewalk facilities.  
 
Travelers should expect some delays for the next few weeks as the contractor is working on minor items that still need to be completed on this project.
 
 
Speed Limit Reductions
The City of Longview is reducing speed limits to enhance street safety. Speed limits will be reduced to 25 MPH on all streets that are adjacent to a school or City Park. This is part of Longview's plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets. The law will go into effect on October 14, 2021.
 
 The following streets will be affected.
• 38th Avenue, Ocean Beach Highway to Pacific Way
• Glenwood Drive
• 30th Avenue
• Beech Street
• Pacific Way, Ocean Beach Highway to 30th Avenue
• Nichols Blvd
• Olympia Way, 17th Avenue to Ocean Beach Highway
• 15th Avenue, Washington Way to Ocean Beach Highway
• 7th Avenue, Tennant Way to Washington Street
 
Please visit our website to view the full Speed Limit Reduction FAQ
 
 
Pickup of leaves from City owned trees runs October through January
From October through January, leaves from City of Longview maintained trees may be placed in the street for pick up by the City’s Stormwater Division.
 
“It is important that we remove fallen leaves from these areas so that vehicles and pedestrian traffic can move safely throughout the city, and to minimize flooding due to clogged catch basins,” says Stormwater Supervisor Mike Ward. “Our crews use shovels and pitchforks, and street sweepers, front-end loaders and dump trucks, to load and haul leaves to pre-designated areas for composting.”
 
Ward asks that the following guidelines be followed when placing leaves in City streets, which are considered public rights of way:
• Place only leaves from City-maintained trees. Yard debris is the property owner’s responsibility. Leaves from non-City owned trees can be taken to the Waste Control Transfer Station from October 1 through April 15 for a fee.  
• Place leaves in rows about one foot from the curb to allow for drainage. This also makes it easier for the street sweeper to pick them up. If the sweeper is unable to pick the leaves up, a street crew will remove them with a front-end loader.
• Do not put branches or sticks in leaf piles as it may damage the sweeper. 
• Be patient. Leaf pick up is on a structured schedule and will be picked up as soon as possible. 
• Help prevent flooding on your street by clearing leaves from catch basin grates until City crews are able to pick up the leaves on your street.
 
Any questions about leaf pickup may be directed to the Stormwater Supervisor at 442-5621.  
 
 
Location and placement of solid waste and recycling containers
We will periodically get complaints about some residents who keep their garbage and/or recycling carts out 24-7.  Those that we speak to about this were not aware that they need to bring them out for collection and bring them back from where they were placed for collection within 24-hours after they have been emptied, per LMC 7.12.040.  Please be courteous to your neighbors and remove your containers from their respective point of collection as soon as is practical.  
Thank you!